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Southern DHB Older Persons Mental Health Services

Public Service, Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions


Mental Health for Older People (MHSOP)

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Non-acute specialist mental health community services



Age Groups

Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Referrals can be received from your GP and other health professionals. To aide in treatment we require a recent comprehensive physical examination, including all recent laboratory results from your General Practitioner.

For Dunedin, Central Lakes and Waitaki, referrals are via the MHSOP team based at Ward 6C, Dunedin Hospital. Once a referral is recieved it is passed to the appropriate rural team or is taken on by the Dunedin staff. Some referrals are made directly with the rural teams, in which case they inform the consultant who arranges an appointment at their rural clinic, where possible.

For Invercargill Older Persons Mental Health Services, referrals are via Single Point of Entry.

Single Point of Entry Contact Details:
Freephone: 0800 44 33 66 or (03) 214 5786
Fax: (03) 214 5696
PO Box 828
Invercargill 9840

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The Mental Health for Older Person’s service provides assessment and treatment for those aged 65 and over, in the Southern DHB region, who have an identified moderate to severe mental illness (including Dementia with behavioral and psychological disturbance) which is causing significant dysfunction and / or enduring disability. 

The team aims to help people live as full a life and independently as possible. Appointments can be provided in a variety of settings  including home, rest home or Community Mental Health offices.

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Contact Details

This page was last updated at 11:28AM on April 28, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Older Persons Mental Health Services.